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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 329

    A CALLIGRAPHIC LEAF

    BY SULTAN 'ALI MASHHADI, SAFAVID IRAN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CALLIGRAPHIC LEAF
    BY SULTAN 'ALI MASHHADI, SAFAVID IRAN, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Persian manuscript on paper, with 6ll. of flowing black nasta'liq within rectangular panels bordered on all sides by triangles of floral scrolls on gold and polychrome ground, the lower left hand illuminated panel with the signature of Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi in a cloud reserved against the illuminated ground, laid down within gold and polychrome rules and buff minor border on blue gold-speckled cards, one large crease across the folio, minor flaking
    Calligraphy 7 5/8 x 3 3/8in. (19.5 x 8.5cm.)


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    Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi, was born around the year 1437-38, was considered first among equals by calligraphers of the period. Qadi Ahmad in his famous treatise describes his writing as among other writings as the sun among other planets. He was active at the court of Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara in Herat. He died on 10 Rabi' I AH 926/2 March 1520 AD. (Minorsky, V., Calligraphers and Painters, A Treatise by Qadi Ahmad, son of Mir Munshi, Washington, 1959, pp. 101-103). Please see also the notes of the following two lots for a further discussion on the calligrapher.

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